Outstanding Screenplays Shorts Competition will be back in February 2022!


ABOUT (our 2021 competition)

Getting your Short Script written and produced is the quickest way into the industry. Many famous writer/directors have started with short films like Damien Chazelle with “Whiplash”, Wes Anderson with “Bottle Rocket”, Taika Waititi with “Two Cars, One Night”, Christopher Nolan with “Doodlebug” and Martin Scorsese with “The Big Shave”


With this competition, we want the same success for you. 


That is why our Grand Prize is your Short Screenplay PRODUCED for a budget of up to $10.000. 


That is why we have chosen the jury who have all written a short screenplay and produced a short film AND got an Oscar nomination or Oscar win for it.


Our Short Film competition Jury and their Short films together won more than 110  Awards and gathered more than 160 nominations including 3 Oscar wins, 6 Oscar nominations, 1 Bafta win and won all major short festivals from Toronto, HollyShorts, Clermont-Ferrand, Palm Springs, Aspen, SXSW to Sundance! 


Top scripts are considered by our unprecedented Oscar-Winning/nominated jury of short film writers, directors and producers. Our jury includes:


Guy Nattiv - Academy Award Winner for his short film ‘Skin’

Guy Nattiv is an Academy Award®-winning filmmaker from Israel. His first short film in the United States, SKIN, won the 2019 Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short. It was acquired by FOX Searchlight. The feature version od the short film, also entitled SKIN, stars Jamie Bell, Vera Farmiga and Danielle Macdonald, and premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival to significant acclaim, where it won the Fipresci Critics Prize. It’s distributed globally by A24. 

A lover of the short form, Nattiv has been crafting award winning shorts for almost two decades. His first short film, The Flood, won the top prize at Berlin in 2002, his next short Strangers won the Sundance Film Festival in 2006 and was short-listed for the Academy Awards® that year. 


Guy Nattiv’s next feature film ‘Golda’ will star Academy Award® winner Helen Mirren! She will portray Israel’s legendary and only female Prime Minister, Golda Meir. 


Travon Free - Academy Award Winner for his short film ‘Two Distant Strangers’ 

Travon Free wrote and co-directed Two Distant Strangers, which won the Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short Film in 2021. Free is a two-time Emmy winning and Peabody winning television writer, actor, and comedian from Compton, California. He is the creator of "Him or Her" executive produced by Issa Rae. Travon most recently wrote on Showtime’s upcoming "Black Monday" and was a writer/producer for Lena Dunham’s new production "Camping" on HBO. 

His recent Oscar winning short film Two Distant Strangers is available to watch on Netflix! 


Rachel Shenton & Chris Overton - Academy Award Winners for their short film ‘The Silent Child’

           Chris Overton is an Academy Award® winning director, producer and a member of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Chris has been working professionally in the industry for over 20 years. He is the CEO of Slick Films an Academy Award-winning independent production company where he continues to direct and produce Short Films. 

           Rachel Shenton is an Academy Award® winning screenwriter, actress, and activist most known for playing Mitzeee Minniver on the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks and Lily Summers in ABC Family drama Switched at Birth. 

The Silent Child, written by Rachel Shenton and directed by Chris Overton, won the Oscar® for Best Live Action Short at the 90th Academy Awards® ceremony.

Their Oscar-winning short film ‘The Silent Child’ is available to watch on YouTube for FREE! You can watch it here


Farah Nabulsi - Academy Award Nominee and Bafta Winner for her short film ‘The Present’ 

Farah Nabulsi is an Academy Award®-nominated and BAFTA-winning British-Palestinian filmmaker and human rights advocate.

In 2015, she started working in the film industry. She founded a production company through which she writes, produces and directs fiction films, exploring topics that matter to her. 

In 2019, Farah co-wrote and directed the short 24-minute film, The Present. Prior to The Present, Farah wrote and produced 3 other shorts, including Today They Took My Son, that premiered at Edmonton International Film Festival.

Her Academy Award®-nominated short film ‘The Present’ is available to watch on Netflix! 


Jeremy Comte - Academy Award Nominee for his short film ‘Fauve’

Jérémy Comte is a Canadian screenwriter and director. Comte is roused by psychological, raw narratives finding meaningful connections through poetic imagery. Playing over 150 festivals and winning over 75 awards, his short film “Fauve” was nominated at the 91st Academy Awards® for Best Live Action Short Film. Fauve also won a Special Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival

Comte previously directed two documentary short films Rueda and Paths, and the narrative short film Ce qu'il reste (What Remains).


His Oscar-nominated short film ‘Fauve’ is available to watch on Vimeo for FREE! You can watch it here


Tomer Shushan - Academy Award Nominee for his short film ‘White Eye’ 

Tomer Shushan is an Academy Award® nominated screenwriter and director, known for his Narrative Short Films White Eye (2019) and A Sight (2014). 


His Short Film ‘White Eye’ won the Best Narrative Short Jury Award at SXSW 2020 Film Festival. It was also nominated at the recent 93rd Academy Awards® for Best Live Action Short Film. 


Grand Prize: 

Your Short Screenplay PRODUCED for a budget of up to $10.000. 



The top 25 Finalists will receive: 


* Each of the 25 finalists will receive an EXCLUSIVE one page written feedback report from one of our 7 Oscar-Winning/Nominated judges! 


* Each of the 25 finalists will receive a copy of the NEWEST Final Draft 12 - The  screenwriting software used by 95% of Hollywood (25 x $249.99 value)


* Each of the 25 finalists will receive a copy of the Script Hackr: The extensive online step-by-step screenwriting course from Script Reader Pro (25 x $299 value) 

* All 25 finalists will be published on our Instagram and all our other social media accounts. We currently have more than 230.000 followers combined and this will be an important exposure for you and will create more opportunities for your screenplay and your writing career. 


All Entries: 

We’re on a mission to help and support ALL screenwriters who enter our competitions, not just the finalists and winners. If you have written a screenplay and submit to our competition, this shows your intent that you are serious about your screenwriting career. We value that intent. Just with entering you will immediately get on our radar and we will monitor your development from script to script and how your writing is improving. 


In addition, EVERYONE who enters will receive:

* An invitation to a private Outstanding Screenplays forum where we’ll discuss ideas and improvements for Short Screenplays and how to get them produced. On the forum, we’ll also share exclusive posts for more advanced screenwriting techniques. (forum will open on 15th May 2021) 

* A $15 gift card from us to be redeemed on our Script Coverage services.

* 10% off of ALL subsequent Outstanding Screenplays Competitions (Shorts, Tv Pilot and Feature competitions) 


* An extended version of 30 page eBook on how to write and produce a Short Screenplay (eBook will be published on 15th June 2021) 


Short Scripts should be within 2 - 40 pages. 


All scripts must be written in English. 


We accept all forms of Short Screenplays: Live Action Shorts, Animations, Documentaries and Proof of Concept Shorts.


We welcome submissions from screenwriters and filmmakers from all countries around the world. 

Material submitted must be written and owned by the person submitting.


There is no age limit. All ages can enter. 


There is no limit on the number of scripts a writer may submit. You are allowed to submit as many entries as you like.


Outstanding Screenplays claims no ownership of your work. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this competition remain with the original rights of the person(s) that submitted.


Outstanding Screenplays will act as a Production Company for a Short Film project. Therefore Outstanding Screenplays will have the final call on funding, cast, crew, and edit of the Short Film.


All decisions of Outstanding Screenplays are final. By applying to this competition each participant agrees to hold Outstanding Screenplays, our judges and sponsors immune from any competition disputes, claims, liabilities, and expenses.


Please contact us via if you have any further questions.